Our Chapter

Chapter Mission

The Cincinnati Chapter provides our members a collaborative and welcoming environment in a focused atmosphere to promote the advancement of facility management through support, education, and resources.

Chapter Vision

To serve as the resource and representative for facility management.

Chapter History

In early 1987 David Kiihnl, Ron Short, Bill Koenig, Steve Leesman, Richard Schultz, and Robin Novak got together to discuss starting a local chapter of the International Facility Management Association. Initially the chapter included the Greater Cincinnati and Dayton metropolitan areas. The pilot meeting was held on April 22, 1987 by Ron Short and David Kiihnl.

On May 27, 1987, the first meeting was held and officers inducted. The first board of officers was:

  • Ron Short, President
  • Bill Koenig, Advisor to the PresidentRichard Schultz, Vice President/Cincinnati
  • Gary Fridenmaker, Vice President/Dayton
  • Steve Leesman, Secretary/Treasurer
  • David Kiihnl, Media Chair
  • Robin Novak, Programs Chair

The Chapter was named the Greater Cincinnati/Dayton Area Chapter of IFMA.

On June 15, 1987 the constitution and by laws of the International Facility Management Association were adopted. The charter was presented to the chapter on September 23, 1987 by Mr. David Cotts, President of IFMA.

In September of 1987 the chapter started with 31 members, and by April 1988 grew to 51 members. Today there are over 160 members in the Cincinnati Chapter. Dayton started their own independent chapter on January 1, 1990.

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RJE Business Interiors



Davey Tree Service



Planes Commercial Services



Stigler Supply Company



Heapy Engineering



Tandus Centiva



Tony Ravagnani Architects